Kiss the Crystal Bay band, and love your Mother Hips on Friday |

Kiss the Crystal Bay band, and love your Mother Hips on Friday

The Mother Hips will play songs from "Kiss the Crystal Flake" Friday, Feb. 29, at the Crystal Bay Casino.

Chico State used to be known as the party school. Now it’s famously renowned as the place that produced the Mother Hips.

Always hoping to disassociate itself from the jam band label, the Mother Hips claim to have created California soul. One of their songs describes the music as country, rock and bluegrass.

The Mother Hips took an extended break which nearly became permanent in 2003 but decided to reconvene a few years ago, first playing shows, and now as a full-fledged band, writing, recording and releasing new music.

“Many things have come our way,” said singer-guitarist Greg Loiacono. “Opportunities, challenges, gifts, hard times, misfortune. (Our new album) ‘Kiss the Crystal Flake’ is about embracing everything. It’s about standing face to face with whatever comes.”

Loiacono and Tim Bluhm, also a singer-guitarist, are the two original members. Paul Hoaglin plays bass, and John Hofer is on drums.

They are on a U.S. tour supporting the new album.

“This album is almost like a debut album for us,” Bluhm said. “It is very different from anything we recorded in the past. You know that saying about wishing you knew then what you know now? ‘Kiss The Crystal Flake’ is that coming true.”

Bluhm had a recent side project with Jackie Greene and Mike Curry called Skinny Singers. He also has released some solo albums that address the environment.

The rock band Dirty Sweet, the San Diego Music Awards’ two-time winner for “Best Rock Act,” will open the show.

A Tahoe favorite, the Mother Hips have been playing North Shore since Humpty’s glory days, so arrive early to ensure entry.

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